We at HuffPost Good News can appreciate a well-executed emoticon.
Last week the QI Elves, who gather interesting facts for the BBC, tweeted a photo of what might be the earliest emoticons -- created in a time before computers.
In 1881, US humour magazine Puck published the world's first emoticons. twitter.com/qikipedia/stat…
— The QI Elves (@qikipedia) March 5, 2013
As the New York Times notes, it's unclear when the first emoticon actually appeared:
A historical newspaper specialist at the digital archival company Proquest believes he has found an example of a sideways winking smiley face embedded in The New York Times transcript of an 1862 speech given by President Lincoln. Other historians are not so sure, saying the semicolon alongside a closed parenthesis is either a mistake or a misinterpretation of something that is perfectly grammatical for that era.
If you're interested, you can check out the full article on the debate here.
What's your favorite smiley face?